@lubub55: Great thread! But videos don't work in spoilers, so some of this Is broken.
@devil_driver: Thanks. I got a copy of The World of The Witcher myself last week, and I was planning to add things from it to this RT.
I'm a huge fan of the Witcher series, been playing from the start, I haven't checked the blood and wine dlc out yet though, I have it I just haven't had the time. When they announced that CD Projekt Red won game of the year I was incredibly happy for them, what they did from Witcher 2 to Witcher 3 I was blown away during my first play through, at points I had to stop playing and just stare at the scenery.
The first time I went riding through Skellige on my horse, I remember going through this meadow, the wind picked up and the trees were blowing and then the fields of ard skellig started playing and I was just absolutely stunned by the beauty of it.
@lubub55: I guess you can add Time of Contempt feat where he kills all the squirrel tails.
She did not strike.
There was no black helmet, no raptor’s wings, whose whistling had tormented her in her nightmares. There was no black knight of Cintra. There was a pale, dark-haired young man with stupefyingly blue eyes and a mouth distorted in a grimace of fear, kneeling in a pool of blood. The black knight of Cintra had fallen beneath the blows of her sword, had ceased to exist. Only hacked-up feathers remained of the forbidding wings. The terrified, cowering young man bleeding profusely was no one. She did not know him; she had never seen him before. He meant nothing to her. She wasn’t afraid of him, nor did she hate him. And neither did she want to kill him.
She threw her sword onto the ground.
She turned around, hearing the cries of the Scoia’tael approaching fast from Garstang. She knew that in a moment they would trap her in the courtyard. She knew they would catch up with her on the road. She had to be quicker than them. She ran over to the black horse, which was clattering its horseshoes on the paved ground, and urged it into a gallop with a cry, leaping into the saddle in full flight.
‘Leave me . . .’ groaned Cahir Mawr Dyffryn aep Ceallach, pushing away the elves who were trying to lift him up with his good hand. ‘I’m fine. It’s just a scratch . . . After her. Get the girl . . .’
One of the elves screamed, and blood spurted into Cahir’s face. Another Scoia’tael reeled and fell to his knees, his fingers clutching his mutilated belly. The remaining elves leapt back and scattered all around the courtyard, swords flashing.
They had been attacked by a white-haired fiend, who had fallen on them from a wall, from a height that would have broken a normal man’s legs. It ought to have been impossible to land gently, whirl in an impossibly fast pirouette, and a split second later begin killing. But the white-haired fiend had done it. And the killing had begun.
The Scoia’tael fought fiercely. They had the advantage, but they had no chance. A massacre was played out before Cahir’s eyes, wide with terror. The fair-haired girl, who had wounded him a moment earlier, had been fast, had been unbelievably lithe, had been like a mother cat defending her kittens. But the white-haired fiend who had fallen amongst the Scoia’tael was like a Zerrikan tiger. The fair-haired maid of Cintra, who for some unknown reason had not killed him, seemed insane. The white-haired fiend was not insane. He was calm and cold. And killed calmly and coldly.
The Scoia’tael had no chance. Their corpses piled up on the slabs of the courtyard. But they did not yield. Even when only two of them remained, they did not run away, but attacked the white-haired fiend once more. The fiend hacked off the arm of one of them above the elbow as Cahir watched. He hit the other elf with an apparently light, casual blow, which nonetheless threw him backwards. It tipped him over the lip of the fountain and hurled him into the water. The water brimmed over the edge of the basin in ripples of crimson.
The elf with the severed arm knelt by the fountain, staring vacantly at the blood gushing from the stump. The white-haired fiend seized him by the hair and cut his throat with a rapid slash of his sword.
When Cahir opened his eyes the fiend was standing over him.
‘Don’t kill me . . .’ he whispered, giving up his efforts to rise from the ground, now slippery with blood. His hand, slashed by the fair-haired girl, had gone numb and did not hurt.
‘I know who you are, Nilfgaardian,’ said the white-haired fiend, kicking the helmet with the hacked-up wings. ‘You have been pursuing her doggedly and long. But now you will harm her no more.’
‘Don’t kill me . . .’
‘Give me one reason. Just one. Make haste.’
‘It was I . . .’ whispered Cahir. ‘It was I who got her out of Cintra. From the fire . . . I rescued her. I saved her life . . .’
When he opened his eyes, the fiend was no longer there. Cahir was alone in the courtyard with the bodies of the elves. The water in the fountain soughed, spilling over the edge of the basin, washing away the blood on the ground. Cahir fainted.
At the foot of the tower stood a building which seemed to be a single, large hall, or perhaps some kind of peristyle. The roof over the peristyle, probably illusory, was full of holes. It was supported by columns and pilasters carved in the shape of scantily clad caryatids with generous breasts. The same kinds of caryatids supported the arch of the entrance through which Ciri had vanished. Beyond the doorway, Geralt noticed some steps leading upwards. Towards the tower.
The Witcher cursed under his breath. He did not understand why she had fled there. He had seen her horse fall as he rushed after her along the tops of the walls. He saw her leap nimbly to her feet, but instead of running along the winding road encircling the peak, she had suddenly rushed uphill, towards the solitary tower. Only later did he notice the elves on the road. Those elves – busy shooting arrows at some men running uphill – saw neither Ciri nor himself. Reinforcements were arriving from Aretuza.
"Lesser, greater, middling, it's all the same. Proportions are negotiated, boundaries blurred. I'm not a pious hermit, I haven't done only good in my life. But if I'm to choose between one evil and another, then I prefer not to choose at all."
- Geralt of Rivia, The Lesser Evil
Geralt is a witcher. A superhuman mutant monster slayer for hire. Shortly after his birth, Geralt was taken by his mother to Kaer Morhen, a witcher stronghold and The School of the Wolf. Whilst there, he was trained almost exclusively to kill monsters, practicing his swordsmanship skills and learning about monsters. I may add more to this at a later date. (This Respect Thread will contain spoilers for The Witcher games and novels. You have been warned.)
- Shaped like a wolf's head. It shakes when in the presence of monsters or magic.
- Witchers carry two swords with them, one made of steel and the other made of silver.
- Used to kill humans. In Baptism of Fire, Geralt receives a Mahakaman made sword from Zoltan Chivay, which is inscribed with Dwarven runes which translate to "Death to Motherfuckers". In the novels, steel swords are really iron swords and they can kill most monsters, with only a few exceptions.
- Used to kill monsters. In the novels, steel/iron swords are capable of killing most monsters, but there are a few where silver is required to kill them such as Lycanthropes.
: Geralt always carries a dagger with him as a backup weapon.
: Due to their enhanced immune systems, witchers can take large doses of potions which would be lethal if consumed in even small doses by regular humans.
Has a potion which makes him unable to feel any and all pain. The potion doesn't just dull the pain or just stop it from hurting, it makes him unable to even feel any wounds. He even had to be checked for wounds after a fight because if he had sustained any injuries he wouldn't even know they were there.
- A form of mind control. Makes targets susceptible to suggestion. Does not work on exceptionally strong willed opponents.
Even though witchers have enhanced mental resistance, Axii in combat can still muddle their minds. Even if an opponent has good enough willpower to resist being mind controlled by Axii it still affects them.
- A telekinetic blast which knocks opponents back.
- A magical shield which protects Geralt from harm.
- A magical trap which stops/slows down things near it.
- A gust of flames which Geralt can shoot from his hands.
- A barrier which partially protects Geralt from physical and magical harm.
Knows that Scoia'tael members are aiming arrows at him and Zoltan when they are nowhere to be seen. He even knows that the archers are "edgy". When a member of the Scoia'tael comes down to speak to them Geralt identifies that there are four more archers aiming at them, and one of them is either sick or on fisstech because he can hear them breathing. Scoia'tael members are elves best suited to stealth in forests and are experts in guerrilla warfare.
When two people attack at the same time, Geralt is quick enough to parry both before they can connect, and the sound is described as indistinguishable from one another because he parried them so quickly.
The skill tree states that Geralt can deflect arrows back at attackers with his sword.Although this could be argued as game mechanics there are actually achievements involving arrow deflection.Not only this, but it is shown in a trailer. In this trailer guards are discussing how to kill a witcher. It shows guards suggesting different ways to kill witchers and then cuts to gameplay of that specific idea not working. Even after the suggestion of getting Elves to shoot Geralt with arrows, and showing Geralt deflecting fire from four different archers at once back where they came from, the guards are still trying to figure out a way to do it, meaning that way doesn't work. The trailer also shows the Captain saying that the suggested ways don't work at different points.
When he is keeping a Striga at bay with Aard, he drops the Sign when the Striga is about an inch away from him and moves completely out the way of the Striga which is moving at full speed whilst angry.
Geralt looks to be about a quarter of a metre away from a Werecat in the air and is quick enough to avoid his claw and cut off his arm by the next panel. It should be noted that Werecats also have supernatural speed, though to what degree is unknown.
Here we see Geralt defend from a downwards blow from Imlerith and even overpower him. Imlerith is strong enough to casually lift a fully grown man up by the neck with a single hand, and then effortlessly snap his neck with a single twist of his wrist. Notice when Geralt's sword is struck by Imlerith's mace it doesn't budge an inch. It would be almost impossible for a real life human to keep their sword in such a steady position after it is struck, but Geralt is able to do it against an opponent with superhuman strength, who has a much larger and heavier weapon and then goes on to overpower him.
Blocks a strike from an angered Striga without giving any ground or even being staggered, and then casually floors it. Strigas are stronger than werewolves and can break silver power-dampening chains off of them without any leverage.
Tanks a hit from a Fiend and then immediately returns to fighting. Fiends are strong enough to rip fully grown humans in half. The Fiend bestiary entry states that "Fiends are walking mountains of muscle...Their size alone makes fiends and bumbakvetches extremely dangerous — one blow from their powerful paws can kill a horse along with its fully armored mount. Their enormous heft also makes them invulnerable to Aard: even witchers specializing in the power of Signs could not move one even an inch." Geralt even states later that this Fiend is bigger, stronger and faster than most others.
Geralt is described as having "exceptional powers of regeneration". His healing factor allowed him to recover from what would normally have been a fatal wound, though he also had medical attention. The wound was so deep that all the insides of Geralt's throat were visible.
Breaks into a prison for Witches and kills all the guards inside. Here it is said that the Prison is better guarded than "the Keep at Vicovaro", which is the Keep of an important Nilfgaardian official. The Prison is guarded by lots of highly trained Witch Hunters. The video here skipped the part where Geralt cut down over a dozen guards in an open courtyard whilst also being fired at by archers. If anyone has a better clip, please link it.
Fights a group of large cats and a Werecat and is winning until he has a conversation with the Werecat. The people by him aren't helping in the fight, but are hiding. If anyone knows what kind of cats Geralt is fighting please let me know and I'll edit it in.
After just having been in a shipwreck and knocked unconscious, Geralt wakes up whilst unarmed, kills a load of armed soldiers without weapons or armour and then takes a sword. He then goes on to defeat six royal guards as well as the mage with them.
Here Geralt solos a bunch of Ghouls and Lesser Vampires. Ghouls are strong enough to easily break wooden doors down and Lesser Vampires are in the multi-ton strength range, have very sharp claws and a bunch of other wildcard abilities like invisibility.
Geralt has fought off and killed large groups of Wild Hunt warriors at many points throughout the game. Most notably at The Battle of Kaer Morhen. Also at many other points in the game. Back to the Kaer Morhen one though, at multiple points Geralt is alone and has to fighter through dozens singlehandedly whilst closing gates and portals.Not only are regular Wild Hunt Riders physically superior to humans, (and possibly witchers,) they are also skilled. They are also incredibly large and heavy and have a far reach as well as being well equipped. Beating a load of Wild Hunt warriors at once in straight up fights is more impressive than using ambush tactics to take down vampires whilst depowered.
Geralt kills six highly skilled swordsmen at once without taking a hit. Earlier in the novel, it is said that these six plus Renfri would be able to take on the entire guardforce of Blaviken alone, and that "No warrior in the world could match seven swordsmen." Geralt did, and remained unharmed. He only gets cut after he kills the six and has a one-on-one fight with Renfri. The only reason he gets hit is because he has a strong emotional connection and does not want to fight.
Effortlessly beats a highborn Knight with a sword he describes as "heavy", comparing its weight to that of a spade. He is used to wielding lighter swords, whilst his opponent is wielding his sword of choice. He is told that he is not allowed to draw blood, so he beats Tailles by making his sword smash into his face.
Fought all of the Crinfrid Reavers at once. Yennefer claims that Geralt would have won the fight if it had continued. Geralt is certain that the Reavers together would be capable of killing a Golden Dragon.
Geralt defeats Dethmold, one of the most powerful sorcerers of the time, and Adam Pangratt, a peak human and one of the best mercenaries in the world at once, when they also have four of Pangratt's mercenaries helping. Vernon Roche was with Geralt, but we know for a fact that he is a far inferior fighter to Geralt.
Kills Imlerith, a General of the Wild Hunt. He even commments, "Who taught you to fight like this?"From his bio, we learn that Imlerith is incredibly brutal and powerful, he is very experienced and has fought in "countless" battles and is also agile and skilled and has beaten other agile and skilled fighters in 1v1 fights to the death.He is also capable of snapping a witcher's neck whilst he is already suspended in the air with a single hand using only a twist of his wrist.
Kills a Higher Vampire without prep. Higher Vampires are arguably the most powerful creature in The Witcher Universe and this specific one had already killed witchers before, and knew that Geralt hadn't fought one before because he was still alive.
Kills a Higher Vampire, which most witchers won't even dare take a contract on. Higher Vampires are strong enough to pick up and throw carriages, and can toss people through stone walls. They also move at FTE speeds and have healing factors.
Geralt has overcome a Bruxa, an opponent who is much stronger and faster than him and speedblitzes, who can also heal in combat, turn invisible and still fight like that and who can also release sonic screams through pure skill.
Geralt defeats Dettlaff van der Eretin, the Beast of Beauclair.*Dettlaff is blatantly FTE,can attack people from a mist form,can singlehandedly destroy a city and can stomp 100 Palace guardsmen and move faster than the wind but he is still no match for Geralt.His bios confirm that he has the precision of a master butcher and is extremely skilled with conventional weapons. Despite being a blatantly FTE multi-tonner with claws capable of shredding through armour who speedblitzes, who can also go into mist form and has a healing factor as well as lots of technical skill he came up short against Geralt.
This quest shows just how brutal witcher training is. They were forced to constantly train and could not stop even when wounded. Pre-teens who had not even undergone mutations had to repeatedly do fifty push-ups for missing an archery target which they presumably would have done a lot at that age.
Here is Ciri training at the age of twelve. She is flipping across thin beams blindfolded whilst attacking a target and keeping balance, and Geralt even comments that she's slow. She is even able to get off with a backflip.
From The Witcher - Of flesh and flame #4
This is an interesting strength feat. Geralt stops with his sword a direct attack from a giant monster. To do that, due to the giant size of monster, it requires a multi tons strength to do that. Definitely a good showing of his super strength.
Another interesting feat
The Wraith from the Painting
During Hearts of Stone expansion, Geralt is forced to fight with a creature known as The Wraith from the Painting. The creature's Bestiary entry contains very interesting information:
"Geralt's battle against the wraith proved very difficult, for it was fueled by rage and launched its attacks with heated aggresion. Geralt was forced to move with lightning speed in order to parry its blows, without time to take a breath or launch an attack of his own."
--- The Wraith form the Painting Bestiary entry
Scalling from Letho
Geralt can be comfortably scalled from Letho of Gullet who, according to Journal, has lightning reflexes:
"Displaying immense self-control and lightning reflexes — not to mention a talent for acting — he murdered the king before the witcher's very eyes."
--- The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, Letho's Journal entry
This is further reinforced by The Witcher Pen&Paper RPG.
When comparing Letho and Geralt's character sheets, Geralt is Letho's superior in all three speed related stats:
- Reflexes (REF)
- Speed (SPD)
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